Answered by: Alimah Siddiqa al-Farsiyyah
Can Zakah be used to pay mosque municipality (utility) bills?
بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
Zakah money cannot be used to build a masjid, neither can it be used for wrapping the deceased (kaffan) due to the absence of tamleek (possession), which is a main integral [of zakah].’ Likewise in Utility Bills, because no specific person is being made the owner of the zakah money, it will not be valid to give zakah for this purpose.
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Answered by Alimah Siddiqa al-Farsiyyah
Checked and approved Mufti Mohammed Tosir Miah
Darul Ifta Birmingham